James Clarkson leaves MUFON

former cop as UFO investigator

Until just a few days ago, James Clarkson had been Washington State Director for MUFON. He left in part, because of recent announcements concerning an “inner circle” of donors and their influence over the organization.

I met James and his wife in Arkansas last April when we were both speaking at the annual Ozark Mountain UFO Conference. He is enormously likeable and my impression was that he is exactly what MUFON should be. He came across as dedicated, hard working and open minded.

Here is the essay on his blog where he describes his reasons for leaving that organization.

With Regret – Why I Must Leave MUFON Completely

I am hoping that this letter may be a catalyst for real change in MUFON’s direction if it is not already too late. The influence of the money-worshipping corporate mentality is already damaging our country like cancer; what is happening to MUFON doesn’t seem much different.

After you read that, you can follow it up with another depressing essay from James. This one describes another longtime researcher leaving MUFON. James wrote:

The punch that knocked me out of my chair and on to the floor was when I opened my e-mail. I received an announcement from Robert Powell, MUFON Director of Scientific Research – He resigned and is leaving MUFON right before this year’s MUFON Symposium began.

Seems Robert Powell didn’t agree with the circus that surrounds the present symposium in Las Vegas. Like the essay linked above, this one is also worth reading.


UPDATE: Why I’m no longer covering Corey Goode and the Full Disclosure Movement “Annette O’Toole w/ Dark Journalist: The ART of the STEAL! New Age DEEP STATE (Pt 5)”

Aloha, hi Everyone!
Please accept my sincerest apology’s for the lack of published posts or feedback over the last few months, I’ve been experiencing very difficult, and dense energy’s on many levels which have included energetic attacks that have been quite challenging to deal with.
At this time I’m removing my support from Corey Goode and the Full Disclosure Now movement, the reasons why are explained in my interview with Dark Journalist.
As mentioned in the post interview statement below the video, I’m taking hiatus for much needed healing time and to find part time work.
I intended on posting my letter to Corey with the interview, along with chat messages from Roger which back-up my claims. Unfortunately WordPress no longer allows us to post documents, so upon request written documentation will be made available by email at ascendingstarseed@gmail.com
The interview was conducted 2-3 weeks ago, since then my perspective on Corey has changed somewhat and there were a few things we didn’t have time to cover in the interview. See my post interview statement below the video description for additional details.
Much love and thanks to everyone for your support over the last seven years, it’s been a team effort and a journey I couldn’t have made without the financial support and encouragement from readers like yourself! The last 6-9 months I’ve been struggling to create income so I can continue publishing without asking for donations, that struggle is detailed further in my interview.
So please bear with me as I heal, re-group and forge a new path for myself and this blog, “2012 The Awakening” to move forward on.
I wish to express the deepest heartfelt gratitude to everyone who’s generously stepped forward with donations since the interview aired on Saturday to help cover expenses. And a BIG Mahalo to everyone who answered the call for support, from this now moment forward.
Also, the extraordinary support and sheer number of positive comments on you Tube and Project Avalon has been virtually overwhelming. I actually expected to get hit with a freight train of negative comments from rabid fans and followers that have lost all objectivity in their search for truth. So here’s a HUMONGOUS THANK-YOU embedded with BIG HUGS to everyone for ALL your kind words and generosity! 
Blessings to All, {~A~}
Donations can be made thru paypal at the button on the upper right of the page, or you can support my work at Patreon. Mahalo nui!

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New Age Deep State Part 5: Whistleblower Annette O’Toole
In this breakthrough Part 5 episode of New Age Deep State, Dark Journalist welcomes Whistleblower Annette O’Toole
from the Ascending Starseed website who worked closely as a former insider with the 3 Year Disclosure Marketing Cult of self-proclaimed ‘Time Traveling Astronaut’ Corey Goode and his Business Partner Roger Ramsaur. The Marketing Cult includes questionable aspects in their program such as a therapy network to help followers cope with disclosure, ‘Corey’s Kids’ space gear promotions and a Comic Book based on Goode’s adventures in Secret Space with Blue Avian aliens.

Full Disclosure Corporation Harvesting Operation
O’Toole, who has successfully run the Ascending Starseed website for many years, recounts her experience working with Corey and Company to set up a Solstice Conference for the Summer and how she spent months formulating the event as the corporation encouraged her to build it up. She soon became wary of dealing with Goode when the 3 Year Disclosure Marketing Cult started to control the terms of her association and she saw her colleagues used as proxies, treated poorly, and then thrown aside.

She decided the group was not so much interested in ‘love and light’ and a Space Being philosophy of oneness as it was in optimizing their bottom line at the expense of their members. Eventually, through a series of slick corporate business moves, O’Toole found herself cut completely out of the loop of her own conference.

Five Major Figures Come Forward
O’Toole’s powerful account fits with a wider pattern of using assets and ideas without permission and general disregard for intellectual property that the marketing group seems to embrace. Five major figures in Alternative Research have come forward with accounts of these kind of incidents, including popular Web Bots developer Clif High, Dr. Joseph Farrell, Linda Moulton Howe, The Object Report’s Agent K and UFO Filmmaker Jim Nichols.

O’Toole’s message is not one of bitterness, but of awareness in dealing with what she views as ‘unethical and shady’ business practices of he 3 Year Disclosure Marketing Cult. Her personal experience with Corey and Company has set her on a path of helping others to question the claims of any group that purports to be in touch with ‘Higher Beings.’

Note: Due to the important nature of this video and it’s many revelations, you may at your discretion download it and upload it to your channel with proper citation and share it with your viewers to make sure it is not censored.

The fantastic track at the end of the episode was performed by The Anthropophobia Project.
Find out more about them here: https://www.facebook.com/TheAnthropop…

For more information on Ascending Starseed and to visit Annette’s website go to: https://ascendingstarseed.wordpress.com/

Shocking, informative, eye-opening and powerful, don’t miss this important Dark Journalist episode!

(thank you walker)



Aloha, Hi everyone,

Coming forward with my story has been a very difficult decision, considering all the contempt targeted at those speaking up by followers and fans, it’s took great courage. That said, there are a few things I’d like to add to my statement which we didn’t have time to cover in the interview, and actions taken on behalf of Corey and Roger after I spoke with Dark Journalist have shifted my perceptions as well.

Regardless of what Roger Ramsaur (aka Roger Richards & Emma Gold) beLIEves about tattoos, there’s a very dark agenda behind tattooing. Basically, 4th dimensional groups have been using tattooing as a means of ‘branding’ people for thousands of years. Most of the symbolism used in tattoo’s are energetically owned by these groups, and the fact that blood is involved makes tattooing a ritual based endeavor that literally brands most people to 4D groups. And, they’re typically not benevolent groups, especially anything representing Lucifer, the great Deceiver.

In conclusion, based on my personal clair-sentient observations and from what I’ve learned from several very powerful seer-healers who have been observing this situation from a multi-dimensional perspective; aside from embellishments on his personal life and in the story, Corey’s story about the BA’s and Inner Earth groups is ‘basically’ true. At least that’s how it began.

That said, there are extremely dark entity’s aided by a powerful AI energy that have infiltrated their organization over the last year. I honestly don’t believe anyone in the inner-circle is aware that they’ve been infected, or possessed or influenced by these forces. Any Satanic agenda is most likely covert, hidden and completely sub-conscious in nature.

I expect that Corey, Roger and fans will put their own spin on ‘my truth’. Am I a CIA plant? Well that’s a laughable label since Corey chose me as a ticket winner to his conference last year. I’m simply a blogger with a solid reputation in the truther community – my work stands for itself.

I’m also a Shaman dedicated to walking a Sacred Path in every step I take.

Bottom line, my skills and expertise were taken advantage of by Roger, then Corey threw me under the Roger bus with everyone else when he disregarded my letter on May 24th. If it was intercepted by Roger or someone else handling Corey’s correspondences, then he never read my complaint. Idk…

Instead of contacting me to find out what happened and what could be done to resolve the situation I was removed from the Full Disclosure Now 11-11 admin team, removed from Slack think tank and blocked by Roger.  I spent 25yrs as a professional in the entertainment industry and deserve more respect than that.

My initial impression was that Corey is under attack due to a lack of ethics, knowledge and professionalism on behalf of his manager – an age old problem in the entertainment industry that personally I’ve witnessed more times than I can count. I’ve also received feedback from several people skilled at reading energy and the Akashic records, that there IS truth to Corey’s contact with higher beings and is service with the SSP. That said, after receiving a couple of intimidating messages from him this week and seeing the attacks launched at people sharing their story, I have the impression Corey’s moral code is seriously flawed and that any previous contact with higher races ceased when his vibrational frequency lowered as his ego rose, as he got pulled into the opportunity to reach for fame and fortune.

So personally, I’m not surprised with the exposes coming forward. It feels like the judiciary karmic boomerang is returning to its senders.

Corey – if you’re reading this – I forgive and actually feel sorry for you, much of what you’re experiencing now has been brought on by bad business decisions that lack any kind of solid spiritual foundation – which was discussed in my letter to you on May 24, 2017. Exposes like my interview with Dark Journalist are real complaints against your organization which you have failed to personally address, violations that your management team perpetrated.

There are people who have been treated horribly by Roger, hence the knee-jerk reactions, denial and blame shifting on your behalf is only making matters worse. You really need to go within for a period of honest self-reflection and understand that everything appearing in your field of perception is also your creation, a reality which is projected from within.

Roger, I also forgive you and truly hope you seek deep clearing, healing and self forgiveness. You have been engulfed by darkness over the last few months, darkness which you have allowed-in thru tacit consent, branding and blood ritual. If you have a daily DMT habit “as rumored” – then you have unwittingly opened the door for possession. Please seek healing.

Now that the interview with Dark Journalist is being released, I don’t want get drawn into the drama and will be taking a hiatus for spiritual healing following six very stressful months after Corey backed out of his agreement to appear at my conference and the swindling act which followed. In addition, there have been a series of attacks I’ve been dealing with and need time to heal and regroup, to forge a new direction moving forward.

A link to the letter I sent to Corey is posted below, it’s been edited and condensed to remove names of the innocent and discussions on other topics. I wrote the letter to tell my story in the event that it was ignored.

I’m also including a chat text summary with Roger to highlight promises he made which went unfulfilled and to show the carrot and stick tactics he uses to keep people “producing” without being paid their energetic, or monetary value.

Instead of taking this case into a man-made court of law, “at this time” I’ve chosen to open a sacred neutral, spiritual court of equity with Great Spirit and Gaia to find remedy and resolution to all value that’s been stolen, that all masks will fall and all hidden truths will be revealed in this matter. And so it is.

One last note, I absolutely hate asking for donations. In 2013 my grandmother passed away leaving me with a very small inheritance I’ve been living on while healing from two Hepatitis C relapses in 2011 and 2013. By re-investing the money into paying for my survival expenses, my grandmothers legacy has also allowed me the freedom to live a service to others lifestyle by allowing time for researching information I’ve shared on my blog and allowing time for volunteer work I do with my local community.

The motivating reason to organize conferences was the opportunity to professionally get back on my feet and have money in the bank to continue working for the Collective Good, since my Grandmothers legacy was finally reaching its end.

Basically in a nut-shell, Roger swindled my income, as well as funding for more conferences aimed at raising the collective conscious. Now, I’m back on food stamps and because I’ve healed, I’ve been denied financial assistance – a decision which I’m fighting. Currently, I’m seeking income opportunities and have more events in the works for next year, but it will take a few months before event-income manifests. Additionally, there are virtually no jobs available and I really need help surviving until I regroup and get back on my feet.

You can support my work on Patreon or thru the donation button on my blog, which also has a re-occurring payment option – your support at this time will be greatly appreciated.

I also want to apologize for the drop in the number of published posts over the last several months. This has been an extremely difficult passage to navigate; in addition dealing with vampiric people possessed by Darkness has seriously drained my energy reserves. Also, the subsequent loss of conference income I spent six-months planning for, has shifted my focus to survival and jumping thru hoops for the state for financial assistance has been a time and energy harvesting endeavor as well. I’ve been literally been hanging on by a thread since January.

For the time being I’ll be shifting my focus to finding a part-time job to help keep a roof over my head and cover living expenses, which is next to impossible while investing time in research for the blog and managing my work on Facebook – both are very time consuming and they harvest focus which needs to be directed toward my survival, at this time.

Thanks again to everyone who has ever supported my work, and to all the amazing people who left so many incredibly supportive comments under my interview on YouTube and Project Avalon. Knowing that Corey and Roger would put their own spin on my story in an effort to suppress the truth about their lack of professionalism and ethics, it wasn’t an easy decision coming forward. Yet it’s been a big relief that the support has been overwhelmingly positive, and with any luck my feedback is inspiring critical thinking and moving followers away from ‘group think’.

In conclusion, when a research community turns into a worship community driven by the Cult of Personality which says ‘get out if you disagree’ we have a serious problem which needs to be addressed with objective thinking. When people preaching a Service to Others lifestyle are walking a Service to Self path in their own lives, we  have a serious problem to contend with. It’s time we get off our knees and lead ourselves as true leaders,  and stop looking to others for answers. Because everything we need to know for our personal journey is Sourced from within.

In hindsight, I want to thank Corey and Roger for a powerful mirroring experience, in the last month I have found great healing for times in the past where my self-worth and energetic value has been violated.  I’ve forgiven trespassers and asked forgiveness for my trespasses upon others as well. My wish for both of you is that upon deep self reflection at your own projections,  and that you learn from this experience and find healing too.

The monster in the mirror looking back at you is YOU; what you believe are attacks, are coming from your own Shadow and are a self-creation.

I also want to extend gratitude to everyone who’s been there for me over the last few months thru this difficult journey, you know who you are.

I also wish to express a BIG heartfelt MAHALO to Dark Journalistl for his support and for giving whistleblowers a platform to speak our truth. Thank you for your outstanding work with this expose` series and to the other whistleblowers who come forward, for standing in the power of their truth.
Mahalo nui…Much love to all,

Annette O’Toole

spiritual maintenance

US to pay largest Native American nation $554 mn in landmark settlement

Reuters / Gary Cameron
​The Obama administration will pay the Navajo Nation a record $554 million to settle claims by the most populous Native American tribe that funds and natural resources on its reservation were mismanaged by the US government for decades.

The agreement will be formally signed on Friday at Window Rock, Arizona, the capital of the Navajo reservation, the largest in the US by land mass.

The accord was borne from litigation that accused the government of mishandling Navajo funds and natural resources on its more than 14 million acres across Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, all held in trust for the tribe and leased out for purposes of farming, energy development, logging, and mining. The Navajo claims date back as far as 50 years.

In return for $554 million, the Navajo have agreed to drop its lawsuit and forego any future litigation over past US management of Navajo funds or resources held by the federal government, Reuters reported.

The deal does not, though, negate future trust claims or any other claims over water and uranium pollution on the reservation, Navajo Attorney General Harrison Tsosie said. Based on non-disclosure clauses, he could not say how much the Navajo had claimed it was owed ahead of the settlement.

Navajo Nation Council Chambers (Image from wikipedia.org)

From 1944 to 1986, nearly four million tons of uranium ore were extracted from Navajo land under lease agreements between the federal government and the Navajo Nation,accordingto the US Environmental Protection Agency.

Now, the mines are closed, but over 500 abandoned uranium mines, as well as homes and drinking water sources, have been found to have high levels of radiation. The legacy of uranium mining earned the reservation a Superfund designation, an EPA program that addresses hazardous waste sites in dire need of clean-up and control.

The settlement deal was hailed by Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly as a “victory for tribal sovereignty.” He vowed to hold town hall meetings in the process of deciding how to use the settlement funds across a population of around 300,000 on nearly 27,000 miles of reservation.

“After a long, hard-won process, I am pleased that we have finally come to a resolution on this matter to receive fair and just compensation for the Navajo Nation,” Shelly said in a statement.

The historic agreement, US Attorney General Eric Holder said, exemplified the US Justice Department’s commitment to “strengthening our partnership with tribal nations.”

Over two years ago, the Obama administration came to similar settlements with 41 tribes for about $1 billion overall. Since that deal, the federal government has resolved breach of trust claims by around 40 additional tribes for more than $1.5 billion, according to the Justice Department.

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RT: Cutting off water to Detroit’s poor ‘an affront to human rights,’ says UN. Sign Petition: Water is a human right and a public trust. Turn the water back on in Detroit!

Note: Nobody “owns” the water,  it was provided by the Creator as sustenance every living creature and was given as such, as a basic fundamental right. The fact that we have to pay a “water bill” is a crime against humanity in and of itself; and, the same goes for electricity and power.
All utility corporations are pillars of the debt slavery system. Even though many have found are finding solutions thru alternative measures, there still exists a huge problem with many people are struggling to survive and don’t have financial resources to move out of apartments/rentals to leave the city, nor can they afford the costs of going off grid. This really goes back to reclaiming our sovereignty from the utility company’s by submitting appropriate UCC doc’s informing utility corporations they were foreclosed on in UCC court (Dec 2102), submit Courtesy, include a Courtesy Notice (CN) and then stand in mass non-compliance refusing to pay the bill.
Getting everyone informed and on-board with the plan, won’t be easy but is something to work towards…
Published time: June 27, 2014

Residents of Detroit, Michigan who are $150 or two months past-due on their water bills are having their water shut off by the bankrupt city. Now, even the United Nations has stepped in, saying Detroit is in violation of the human right to water.

The Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) is facing $5 billion in bad debt, and is scrambling to recoup its losses. The city, which filed the largest municipal bankruptcy in history last year, argues that the financial burden of paying water bills has been put on the back burner by many families who didn’t believe services would be shut off. Those bills have gone up 120 percent in the past decade, well beyond the national average.

“We sent out a little over 46,000 shutoff notices in May. Of those 46,000 shutoff notices, about 4,500 were actually shut off,” Greg Eno, a DWSD public affairs specialist, told RT.

Within 24 hours, 60 percent of the affected customers paid their accounts in full and had their service immediately restored. Forty percent of the remaining customers had their service restored within 48 hours, DWSD said in a statement.

“Many of the properties that we shut off are actually vacant structures, not occupied homes,” DWSD Director Sue McCormick said.

The public utility has threatened to cut off water to 150,000 Detroit residents so far, and the shutoffs could affect up to 300,000 of the city’s poor African-American community, according to the Root. Since March, water service for up to 3,000 customers per week has been cut off.

volunteers with Grandmont Rosedale's Vacant Property Task Force take note of illegal debris behind a vacant house in the North Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters / Rebecca Cook)

volunteers with Grandmont Rosedale’s Vacant Property Task Force take note of illegal debris behind a vacant house in the North Rosedale neighborhood of Detroit, Michigan. (Reuters / Rebecca Cook)

Carla Walker-Miller, president and founder of the Water Access Volunteer Effort (WAVE) Fund, disputes that people in arrears are choosing not to pay their bills. “The assumption is made by a lot of people that those are 60 to 70 percent of people who just had the money lying around and decided not to pay,” she told RT.

“I’m more likely to assume that those are people who decided once their water was shut off, not to buy their medicine, not to eat that evening, not to do something that’s really important because, again, we’re talking about a low income population here in the City of Detroit.”

Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) represents the city where poverty hovers at 40 percent and the unemployment rate is 14.5 percent (the national average is 6.3 percent). He called the DSWD’s move “an overzealous and misguided approach to cost-cutting.”

“Regardless of the rationale for these cutoffs, the human consequences are unacceptable and unsustainable. The failure to reinstate water service means unsanitary conditions, malnutrition and disease for babies, the sick, and the elderly,” Conyers said in a statement.

Now the United Nations has waded into the battle. Several groups appealed to the UN Human Rights Office last week asking for for the organization to attempt a forced restoration of service.

On Wednesday, three UN experts on the human rights to water and sanitation, adequate housing, and extreme poverty and human rights condemned the DWSD’s widespread water disconnections. “Disconnection of water services because of failure to pay due to lack of means constitutes a violation of the human right to water and other international human rights,” the experts said in a statement.

“Disconnections due to non-payment are only permissible if it can be shown that the resident is able to pay but is not paying. In other words, when there is genuine inability to pay, human rights simply forbids disconnections,” said Catarina de Albuquerque, the expert on the human right to water and sanitation.

Groups like the WAVE Fund and the Detroit Water Brigade are working with residents to get them the water they need in the short-term and funding to sustain themselves in the long-term. “We have donations of water that people have sent. We have 30 cases of water,” Demeeko Williams, an organizer with the Detroit Water Brigade told RT.

Detroit residents whose annual income is less than 150 percent of the federal poverty level can apply for WAVE assistance. Funds received are earmarked specifically for payment of water and sewer bills for eligible Detroit residents.

But even with help, the UN is concerned about discrimination. “If these water disconnections disproportionately affect African Americans they may be discriminatory, in violation of treaties the US has ratified,” Leilani Farha, the expert on the right to adequate housing said in the statement.


UN Demands Detroit Turn The Water Back On For the Poor!


In a startling new move, the United Nations Human Rights Office have responded to mounting pressure from local activists to turn the water back on for impoverished residents.

The Human Rights Office of the High Commissioner has called on the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to stop water shutoffs to thousands of poor families who cannot afford to pay their bills.

While this is a huge step forward, it isn’t the end of the fight. There is still no indication that the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department will comply with the UN’s demands. More pressure is still needed to end the shutoffs, and provide immediate relief to families.

Beyond all of that, the people of Detroit still need a Water Affordability Plan like the one the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (MWRO) has created, in order to ensures that something like this never happens again.


So much for VICTORY, apparently the corporation of Detroit, Inc. feels calls for action by the U.N. are irrelevant.  What can you do? Spread the word, help keep the pressure on by taking action below…tell Detroit the world is watching!

Sign Petition: Water is a human right and a public trust. Turn the water back on in Detroit!


Water shutoffs by the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) have forced residents out of their homes to live with neighbors and family. Detroit’s water infrastructure needs adequate investment, not the Emergency Manager’s cruel attempt to balance the system’s budget on the backs of the poor. Instead of repairing the crumbling water infrastructure, or ensuring corporations pay the $9.5 million owed to the Department, Detroit is still trying to further chip away at the poor. In the face of overwhelming unemployment and abject poverty, this aggressive, uncivil process is unsustainable and creates the potential for disease and medical emergencies. It puts the whole community and our environment at risk.

The Mayor has taken control of DWSD in an attempt to provide political cover to the Emergency Manager, announcing a new series of customer service-type programs. But the DWSD still requires families to suffer a water shutoff, go deeply into debt, or come up with a large down payment on their outstanding balance.

The City Council’s affordability plan from 2005 would provide relief for all families living at or below 175% of the federal poverty line and correct for the excessive charges DWSD has passed on to their households. The 2005 plan recognizes that it’s a violation of the public trust and human rights to deny water to families facing financial hardship. SIGN HERE

We insist that city government and all parties to the bankruptcy mediation return to that understanding of their responsibilities to the people of Detroit. We must start by working with the government, and other leaders to encourage the consideration of a just, sustainable plan to reduce the DWSD’s environmental impact and protect the public health of all people.

Sign the petition telling the judicial mediators structuring the bankruptcy settlement for the City of Detroit, and all parties to the negotiations, that they need to ensure that the DWSD stops the shutoffs, turns the water back on, and immediately implements the Water Affordability Plan passed by Detroit’s duly elected City Council in 2005. SIGN HERE

Petition text:

Petitioning the Hon. Gerald Rosen, the Hon. Sean Cox, the Hon. Stephen Rhodes, and all parties currently engaged in mediations regarding the future of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD): Implement the Detroit City Council’s 2005 Water Affordability Plan for all households at or below 175% of the federal poverty level, end the shutoffs, turn the water back on, and preserve the public trust and access to the municipal water supply in accord with international human rights standards.


Daily Kos
Demand Progress / Watchdog.net
Democracy for America
Environmental Action
Food & Water Watch
People’s Water Board
RH Reality Check
Working Families Organization

RT: Israel may be guilty of war crimes – UN Human Rights Chief . . . this statement is an insult to all of humanity!

The UN is patently in the pocket of the cabal. . . They talk, talk, talk . . . and do nothing. Soon, however, someone is soon coming after THEM. ~J

Published time: July 23, 2014

Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city, on July 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/MAHMUD HAMS)

Palestinian girls walk amidst debris following an Israeli military strike in Gaza city, on July 23, 2014. (AFP Photo/MAHMUD HAMS)

Israel maybe committing war crimes in Gaza, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights says. Speaking in Geneva, Navi Pillay said house demolitions and the killing of children raise the “strong possibility” that Israel is violating international law.

Opening an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, she citied cases of Israeli air strikes and shelling hitting houses and hospitals in the coastal enclave:“These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” she said.

She hit out at both sides concerning their conduct during the conflict, which is now in its 16th day, having started on July 8. Some 643 Palestinians, many of them children and civilians have died in the conflict, including a seven-year-old hit by a shell in southern Gaza early on Wednesday, Reuters reports.

Smoke is seen after an Israeli strike over the Gaza Strip July 22, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

Smoke is seen after an Israeli strike over the Gaza Strip July 22, 2014. (Reuters/Baz Ratner)

The Israeli army has been accused of targeting civilian areas, as well as using flechette shells during its offensive in Gaza, which can cause widespread harm and death to civilians. Some 29 Israeli soldiers have been killed, including a tank officer shot by a Palestinian sniper early on Wednesday.

“Every one of these incidents must be properly and independently investigated,” Pillay said in some of her strongest comments on the carnage. She also condemned the indiscriminate firing of rockets and mortars by Palestinian militants into Israel and expressed concern at the “rise of incitement for violence against Palestinians by Israeli’s on social media.”

On Monday, a hospital was hit in Gaza, with four people killed and scores of others wounded in the attack. Thirty of the wounded were medics. The International Committee of the Red Cross issued a statement condemning the shelling “in the strongest terms,” Reuters reported. The organization stated that the hospital came under fire at least four times, and life-saving equipment was severely damaged.

A United Nations school, which is helping to shelter displaced Palestinians in the center of Gaza, also came under attack from Israeli fire on Tuesday as a team was inspecting damage from shelling by the Israeli’s on Monday, a UN official said.

The official mentioned that a team, who had been given permission by Israel to enter, were at the school run by the UN in Al-Maghazi, when Israeli tanks resumed their shelling and hit the building.

Speaking at the conference, Israel’s ambassador to the body, Eviatar Manor told the debate that “Israel will destroy Hamas’ military infrastructure.” He also added that “the Gaza residents are not our enemy. Israel is fully committed to international law.” The ambassador also slammed the UN Human Rights Council saying they had“failed to protect the human rights of Israelis,” Haaretz reports.

In response, the Palestinian Foreign Minister, Riad al-Malki urged world powers to end what he called Israel’s impunity, saying, “Israel must be held accountable for its crimes.” His speech was greeted by loud applause.

Harretz reports that the Palestinians and Arab countries have filed a draft to the Human Rights Council, which convened for a special one-day session in Geneva, which includes the establishment of an international commission of inquiry to probe alleged war crimes and violations of international law. The draft does not mention Hamas.

Despite Israel lobbying the Council’s member states to prevent the meeting taking place, the Palestinians managed to get the signatures necessary to hold the meeting.

The US, most of the EU states and additional Western states, including Australia and Canada, are expected to oppose the draft. However, as in other UN bodies, the Palestinians hold an automatic majority which allows them to pass any resolution.

Israel, which accuses the Council of bias, boycotted the Geneva forum for 20 months, resuming cooperation in October. Its main ally the United States, a member state, has also said Israel is unfairly singled out.


No joke’: Germany mulls using typewriters to combat US snooping

Note: More and more we’re seeing the need to turn the clock back on modern technology…going back to simpler times. Wish I wouldn’t have gotten rid of my typewriter, so many years ago…

Published: July 15, 2014

Reuters / Desmond Boylan

Reuters / Desmond Boylan

Amid the worsening Berlin-Washington spy row, German politicians are considering going back to old-fashioned manual typewriters for confidential documents to protect national secrets from American NSA spooks.

Patrick Sensburg, the chair of the German parliament’s enquiry into NSA alleged spying, said committee members are considering new security measures and are seriously thinking about abandoning email and returning to old school typewriters.

“As a matter of fact, we already have [a typewriter], and it’s even a non-electronic typewriter,” he told the ARD Morning Show Monday.

The interviewer, apparently surprised by the idea, asked if that was really the case, The Guardian writes. “Yes, no joke”, responded Sensburg of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union party.

The committee was set up to investigate the scope of surveillance uncovered by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden who revealed that the US has been eavesdropping Germans and even bugged Merkel’s cell phone. The scandal led to a chill in relations between old allies, Berlin and Washington, with Merkel saying at the time that “monitoring of friends was unacceptable.”

Adding to a row of embarrassing spying scandals, earlier this month Berlin announced it had discovered an alleged American spy in the Defense Ministry.

That came just days after the arrest of a German intelligence officer who worked as a double agent and passed information to the CIA about the parliament’s NSA investigation.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (Reuters / Thomas Peter)

Merkel said then that if the allegations were proven correct “it would be for me a clear contradiction as to what I consider to be trusting cooperation between agencies and partners.”

Germany also ordered the CIA station chief in Berlin out of the country.

“Unlike other inquiry committees, we are investigating an ongoing situation. Intelligence activities are still going on, they are happening,” Sensburg told ARD broadcaster, as cited by The Independent.

“Of course we have to keep our internal communication secure, send encrypted emails, use encrypted telephones and other things, which I’m not going to say here,” he added.

Meanwhile, if German politicians do decide to ditch computers in favor of typewriters, they would not be the first to come up with such an idea.

Last year, apparently in a move triggered by the Snowden leaks, the Russian Federal Guard Service (FSO) ordered typewriters capable of both Russian and Latin typeface. The FSO – which protects highest-ranking officials – was going to spend 486,000 rubles (US$14,000) to buy 20 electric portable typewriters.


Climate Scientists’ Road to Hell


Guest post by

If some of Michael Mann’s followers think that prominent skeptics belong in a special circle of hell (see ‘Mannte’s Inferno‘), here’s news for them.  The Nine Circles of Scientific Hell*, as proposed by Neuroskeptic blogspot, are likely to be well populated with climate scientists (*An excellent post from 2010 recently published in the journal Perspectives on Psychological Science).  CAGW alarmism seems to think ‘the end justified the means’ and supporters have gone to extraordinary lengths to defend or justify highly dubious actions.

Dante's Academic Hell

Image Source: Neuroskeptic Blogspot

If Hell is for the unrepentant and those who try to justify their sins, where might such individuals meet their end?  In Dante’s Inferno the sinners in each circle face a punishment for all eternity that befits their crimes. What punishments might be meted out in relation to climate (other than the generic ones suggested in the original post)?  With a little help from Josh, and a suitable sound track, let me take you through the Climate Scientists’ Road to Hell.


But let’s begin with the repentant.  These brave souls have seen the light and thus have avoided Hell but face Purgatory, where they toil in reparation.  One scientist who has dared to speak out is Judith Curry.  Her Climate Etc. blog is one of the few places where sceptics mix with believers and she has developed a reputation of giving no quarter to those who step over the line on epistemological attribution.  Mark Lynas might also get a pass for his willingness to criticize the IPCC for its renewables report with a conclusion that owed more to Greenpeace than science.

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First Circle: Limbo

According to Neuroskeptic:

“The uppermost circle is not a place of punishment, so much as regret. Those who have committed no scientific sins as such, but who turned a blind eye to it, and encouraged it by their awarding of grants and publications, spend eternity on top of this barren mountain, watching the carnage below and reflecting on how they are partially responsible…”

Reserved for those who observe the mess that climate science has become, subservient as it is to politics, and wonder whether redemption and a return to a true science-serving path is ever possible. Despite this they remain silent and do not speak out even in defense of others. This place could be full to bursting, such is the influence of the Hockey Team of reviewers and the carrot of climate-related funding.

Likely Denizens:  hamstrung journal editors and others for whom keeping jobs has been more important than truth; reviewers who wanted to keep in with the Hockey Team; scientists fearful of having papers rejected; funding agencies (NSF, RCUK); many IPCC reviewers who quietly, but uncomfortably, toe the line (let’s hope more start to speak out).  Also found here would be The Royal Society, AGU and the world’s various scientific bodies.  They deserve to be  castigated for following their own financial interests at the expense of science, or alternatively, simply being fooled. Scientific method anyone? What happened to insistence on testing and evidence?

Second Circle: Overselling

join_the_dots_scr“This circle is reserved for those who exaggerated the importance of their work in order to get grants or write better papers. Sinners are trapped in a huge pit, neck-deep in horrible sludge. Each sinner is provided with the single rung of a ladder, labelled ‘The Way Out – Scientists Crack Problem of Second Circle of Hell”

Well where do we start? Another level full to bursting. The whole climate ‘movement’ is based on overselling uncertain science, turning it into a world-threatening catastrophe.

Who deserves to spend eternity here?
The IPCC most definitely, and in particular its political aides responsible for the Summary for Policy Makers (SPM) which rides roughshod over uncertainties; a vast swathe of alarmist climate scientists; Richard Muller for promoting BEST in advance of peer-review; University press departments who will happily spin a story on any finding way beyond its original significance; Tim Flannery for PR and wild statements; the late Stephen Schneider for his encouragement of climate science to oversell the science “So we have to offer up scary scenarios, make simplified, dramatic statements, and make little mention of any doubts we might have.”; Al Gore for An Inconvenient Truth; Bill McKibben for connecting the dots. I could go on. 

Third Circle: Post-Hoc Storytelling

First we were told winters would be warmer and wetter: according to UEA’s David Viner “Children just aren’t going to know what snow is,…”.  Then, just when we had forgotten how to build snowmen in Britain, snowy winters returned with a vengeance. Now we have the explanation “warming makes winters colder“.

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In fact those who tout weather-as-climate alarmism in general will reside here, of which the most recent example is probably Superstorm Sandy – a wimp beside the New England Hurricane of 1938.   James Hansen blamed Climate Change for the Russian heatwave of 2010 and US drought; NOAA disagreed publishing an article that it was “well within the bounds of natural climate variability”. Here also we have Al Gore for “Dirty Weather” along with Bill McKibben and Joe Romm. Basically, take an extreme weather event and blame climate change for it in the media. No matter that others speak out to counter this propaganda – the damage is done.

Richard Muller may be deserving of this circle for saying that he was a sceptic when he wasn’t, and for saying that the BEST results had converted him to alarmism when he had been in that camp from the start.

Greenpeace also gets a place here for their renewables reporting.  As Mark Lynas put it –

“Whilst the journal-published version looks like proper science, the propaganda version on the Greenpeace website has all the hallmarks of a piece of work which started with some conclusions and then set about justifying them.”

Fourth Circle: P-Value Fishing

“Those who tried every statistical test in the book until they got a p value less than 0.05 find themselves here, an enormous lake of murky water. Sinners sit on boats and must fish for their food. Fortunately, they have a huge selection of different fishing rods and nets (brandnames include Bayes, Student, Spearman and many more). Unfortunately, only one in 20 fish are edible, so they are constantly hungry.”

Matt Briggs
will appreciate this one and no doubt can suggest some misdemeanors.

On the basis that flawed use of statistical analysis also lands authors in this circle, we might find a certain Dr Eric Steig here, still arguing his side, having smeared warmth from the West Antarctic Peninsula across the continent as an artefact of his analysis.

A recent sinner here would be Dr Vaughan Pratt of Stanford University and his execrable post Multidecadal climate to within a millikelvin on Judith Curry’s blog, in which he claimed to have matched Hadley Centre temperatures (which have error bands around +-100 milliKelvins) to within “a few milliKelvins”. See Mike Jonas’ criticism Circular Logic not worth a Millikelvin on WUWT.

Of course the poster child for p-value abuse has to be a recent paper that links heat waves and birth defects. Willis takes the authors to task in “Keep doing that and you’ll go blind” while Matt Briggs also damns it (as is deserved). Really, some authors (and reviewers) need a common sense check.

Fifth Circle: Creative Use of Outliers


According to Neuroskeptic: “Those who ‘cleaned up’ their results by excluding inconvenient data-points are condemned here. Demons pluck out their hairs one by one, every time explaining that they are better off without that hair because there was something wrong with it.”

Climate scientists like to do things a little differently; sometimes the outliers are more useful than the bulk of the data.

The ultimate example of the use of outliers in climate science has to be the Yamal hockey stick, where one tree came to represent the entire global temperature (see also: here).

Sixth Circle: Plagiarism

Miscreants in the Sixth Circle of Hell should be forced to sit while unable to move or speak and repeatedly watch others being lauded in their place for their work, stolen and used without attribution.

produced bluster over plagiarism of a book (by Raymond Bradley) by Edward Wegman’s report to Congress investigating hockey sticks before it was shown that Bradley had copied captions from a 1976 book, also without citation. Eventually Wegman was “slapped on the wrist” for ‘extensive paraphrasing’ and ‘poor attribution’. But lack of attribution seems common enough in climate science. Kevin Trenberth was caught out by Steve McIntyre and quietly added citations, while Anthony Watts handled attribution oversight by Matt Menne and NOAA in an exemplary manner.  At blog level Gavin Schmidt at RealClimate has certainly incorporated information without acknowledgement, probably out of pettiness as Steve McIntyre suggests.

See also Donna LaFramboise’s post highlighting uncomfortable parallels between text in a chapter of the IPCC Second Assessment Report (1995) and a book by the lead author.

Seventh Circle: Non-Publication of Data

Phil Jones and colleagues at UEA CRU, and Michael Mann/UVa get star billing here for their determination to avoid FOI requests.  Non-archiving of data counts too, but perhaps the most insidious example is the disappearing data from the Polar Urals enabling the perpetuation of the hockey stick sham. The story is well covered by Andrew Montford’s The Yamal Deception:

“… [Steve] McIntyre discovered that an update to the Polar Urals series had been collected in 1999. Through a contact he was able to obtain a copy of the revised series. Remarkably, in the update the eleventh century appeared to be much warmer than in the original – in fact it was higher even than the twentieth century. This must have been a severe blow to paleoclimatologists, a supposition that is borne out by what happened next, or rather what didn’t: the update to the Polar Urals was not published, it was not archived and it was almost never seen again.”

Eighth Circle: Partial Publication of Data

Michael Mann gets a nomination for this circle for telling the story but not the whole story in Nature.  Of course Phil Jones and Keith Briffa are condemned here too by Phil Jones’ email:

“I’ve just completed Mike’s Nature trick of adding in the real temps to each series for the last 20 years (ie from 1981 onwards) amd from 1961 for Keith’s to hide the decline.”

Gergis et al, deserve a mention for prescreening of data (see subtitle “Screening Fallacy” here); selection of proxies in this manner constitutes partial publication – by only publishing the data that fits the presupposed relationship.  Partial publication could also be construed from the paper’s subsequent withdrawal – it partly made it.

Ninth Circle: Inventing Data


The ultimate crime. Inventing results, or publishing such erroneous and/or contrived data that the results constitute fraud near as dammit, comes pretty close too.

Stephan Lewandowsky is an offender here for “an article relying on fraudulent responses at stridently anti-skeptic blogs to yield fake results“.

Peter Gleick lands himself in this circle too. Luboš Motl summarized it as published a guest post by Eric Dennis Selling your soul for a narrative: understanding the Gleick fraud:

This fraud did not involve any aspect of his own research, but was purely ideological in nature, directed against the Heartland Institute, […]. Gleick impersonated a Heartland board member in order to obtain confidential documents including the institute’s donor list. He proceeded to combine this material with a fabricated strategy memo, […] and send the package anonymously to media organizations for the purpose of outing the donors and undermining future contributions.

Only after himself being outed as the source of these documents by the detective work of a non-catastrophist blog contributor, Gleick fessed up and thereby cemented his career self-sabotage.

Worthy of a Gleick Tragedy indeed.


Finally, if we total up the work done by Michael Mann and IPCC collaborators in producing, perpetuating and defending the Hockey Stick graph, clearly he has done plenty to earn a spot here for eternity.  It is a lot more than just ‘hiding the decline’ – see a History Of How The Hockey Stick Was Manufactured; How to Make a Hockey Stick– Paleoclimatology (What they don’t want you to know) and consider what Climategate, and FOI uncovered. If you are still in any doubt, review maps and graphs from Jo Nova’s Fraudulent hockey sticks and hidden data that make it clear ‘just how brazen the Hockey Stick fraud is’.


I like to think of Mann and his IPCC cohorts marooned in a ship frozen into the Arctic ice at the pole waiting in vain each year for the summer melt to bring an ice-free Arctic thus enabling the release of their ship.  In the meantime they are forced to use their own analytical methods to analyze large quantities of data.  If the method can produce anything other than a hockey stick they will escape, but it never does – all data run through the programme produces hockey sticks – even data from telephone directory.



Obama Compromised by Secret Service Hooker Orgy in Cartagena

Patrick Henningsen
April 14, 2012

There was a time when the Secret Service represented the best of the best, dependable men beyond reproach and most importantly, they were incorruptible. They were the chaps who would do anything in order to keep their country safe. In short, they were America’s finest.

Oh, how times have changed.

It was billed in the press as an important meeting with over 30 South American leaders present to discuss the globalists’ plans for the coming decade. This latest White House holiday junket also counted in its imperial entourage Hillary Clinton and favored Romney running mate Marco Rubio, along with other high-ranking member’s of the President’s court, and a security detail which included scores of Secret Service agents, along with a few dozen more aids and logistics personnel.

As President Obama and his royal entourage touched down in Cartagena, Colombia for the Summit of the Americas on Thursday, it seemed that his elite security detail had other, more pressing matters on their minds – 48 hrs before they wasted no time getting busy sampling some of the South America’s local delicacies.

Unable to control their manic hormonal urges, some of the President’s elite security “Advance Team” thought it prudent to coordinate a special Charlie Sheen-style recreational reconisance operation – on US taxpayers time. According to initial reports last night, a dozen agents – including a number of married ones, have been sent packing we are told, this time for “soliciting prostitution”, a practice considered inappropriate for security staff charged with guarding America’s heads of state.

It’s still unclear whether or not Obama’s body guards made their trip to one of Cartegna’s infamous ‘red light’ districts, or if the Secret Service had instead organized their staff party at the same venue as US diplomats, and it’s not known who actually paid for their Colombian hookers.

To add insult to injury, Ronald Kessler the veteran journalist who orginally broke the story, one of the President’s Secret Service agents refused to pay for services rendered, which led the sex worker to complain to local police, which led to the media leak – very bad form indeed.

It may also be prudent to inquire also, that if hookers were involved, could the agents also have partaken in Columbia’s other bountiful national delicacy, or to put it figuratively, were they also ”hitting the slopes in April”?

Apparently, prostitution is tolerated by the Colombian authorities, not least because of the steady service they provide to the city’s numerous white-collar administrators. And it’s no secret that the nation’s other multi-billion dollar-a-year export and illegal trafficking narcotics industry, cocaine, is also available on most street corners and under the table in some pharmacies.

Regardless of the details, one could summarize that this latest scandal indicates a culture of excess, and a void of ethics which looks to have infected Washington’s most elite corps of guardians – a breach in behavioral standards that could ulimately compromise national security.

According to initial reports from the Washington Post:

“Edwin Donovan, an agency spokesman, said that an unspecified number of agents have been recalled and replaced with others, stressing that Obama’s security has not been compromised because of the change.”

The Democratic Party faithful will also be painfully aware how this unprecedented international lapse in ethics and judgement will forever be a black mark on the administration, and no doubt will fuel endless jokes at the expense of the White House – one of the worst possible foreign incidents to happen in an election year.

Most importantly however, readers should realize how dangerous and how compromised the nation’s security is when the President’s own elite body guards are mixing with, and exchanging money for services with sex workers in a poor third world country.

What’s even worse than all this, however, is that it may not even shock most Americans who have grown to accept such ill behavior overseas from their security professionals (see also, US soldiers heroin and lack of discipline in Afghanistan).

Yet, another sign we are witnessing the moral collapse of the empire.


Fairewinds Update: Radio Ecoshock: The Worst Problems In The World and Dr David Schindler on Canada’s Tar Sands

Alex Smith, of Radio Ecoshock, interviews nuclear industry expert Arnie Gundersen, of Fairewinds Associates.  Smith notes that the nuclear accident at Fukushima Japan is far from over as three reactors continue to meltdown.  Smith adds that now there is a storm of international worry about nuclear fuel pools tottering in blown up buildings putting the whole Northern Hemisphere at risk.

Gundersen says it is unlikely there would be an explosion if the #4 Fuel pool collapses. But dangerous “hot” particles would still be sent around the world, because within two days of the collapse, the Zirconium and radioactive metals (like Cesium and Plutonium) would burn at a very high temperature, sending particles high into the air. The result would be an everlasting disaster for Japan. Arnie thinks it could create a no-man’s land 50 miles across the country, perhaps destabilizing the government.

According to Smith, “Arnie Gundersen, a year ago, warned us here on Radio Ecoshock, and to anybody who would listen, that a world-scale catastrophe was lurking in the nuclear fuel storage pools of both reactors Three and Four, at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan.  Why is this story finally getting wider attention, a year later?”

Link to listen, stay tuned after Arnie for eye-opening data on the Tar Sands environmental disaster unfolding in Canada:


The Fall of the House of Murdoch

Wednesday 13 July 2011
by: Jonathan Schell, Project Syndicate | Op-Ed

Rupert Murdoch, News Corp. (Photo: World Economic Forum)

New York – During the four decades since the Watergate affair engulfed US President Richard Nixon, politicians have repeatedly ignored the scandal’s main lesson: the cover-up is worse than the crime. Like Nixon, they have paid a higher price for concealing their misdeeds than they would have for the misdeeds alone.

Now, for once, comes a scandal that breaks that rule: the United Kingdom’s phone-hacking affair, which has shaken British politics to its foundations. Over the past decade, the tabloid newspaper The News of the World, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, targeted 4,000 people’s voicemail. The list includes not only royalty, celebrities, and other VIPs, but also the families of servicemen killed in Afghanistan and Iraq, and those of victims of the July 2005 terrorist attack in London.

It all unraveled when The Guardian reported that the tabloid had hacked into the voicemail of missing 13-year-old Milly Dowler, apparently in the hope of obtaining some private expressions of family members’ grief or desperation that it could splash on its front page. When the girl’s murdered body was found six months later, the family and the police thought she might still be alive, because The News of the World’s operatives were deleting messages when her phone’s mailbox became full. (According to Scotland Yard, Murdoch hacks reportedly bribed mid-level police officers to supply information as well.)

In the extensive annals of eavesdropping, all of this is something new. Not even Stalin wiretapped the dead.

A cover-up ensued. James Murdoch, Rupert’s son and Chairman and Chief Executive of News Corporation’s European and Asian operations, authorized a secret payment of £1 million ($1.6 million) to buy the silence of hacking victims. Millions of in-house emails reportedly have been destroyed. Still, it seems safe to say that the peculiarly repellant inhumanity of the original deeds will remain more shocking than the details of this or any other cover-up.

Even so, the political consequences of the phone-hacking scandal will depend on far more than the outcome of the official investigations now underway in Britain. Above all, the scandal’s impact will depend on how governments and citizens assess what News Corporation really is.

The Murdochs call News Corporation a journalistic enterprise. In fact, it is, first, an entertainment company, with the bulk of its revenue coming from its film and television holdings. Second, and more importantly, it is a propaganda machine for right-wing causes and political figures.

This is News Corporation’s main face in the US, in the form of Fox News, whose hallmark has been relentless propagation of right-wing ideology. Whereas political propaganda had once been the domain of governments and political parties, Fox News is formally independent of both – though it overwhelmingly serves the interests of America’s Republican Party.

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In Britain, News Corporation has been creating a sort of state unto itself by corrupting the police, assuming police powers of surveillance, and intimidating politicians into looking the other way. In the US, it has behaved similarly, using corporate media power to breathe life into a stand-alone political organization, the Tea Party.

All of this is far removed from what a journalistic organization is supposed to do. Journalism’s essential role in a democracy is to enable people to fulfill their roles as citizens by providing information about government, other powerful institutions, civil movements, international events, and so on. But News Corporation replaces such journalism with titillation and gossip, as it did when it took over the 168-year-old News of the World and turned it into a tabloid in 1984, and with partisan campaigns, as it did when it created Fox News in 1996.

Not surprisingly, at Fox News, as at many other News Corporation outlets, editorial independence is sacrificed to iron-fisted centralized control. News and commentary are mingled in an uninterrupted stream of political campaigning. Ideology trumps factuality. And major Republican figures, including possible contenders for the party’s presidential nomination, are hired as “commentators.” Indeed, its specific genius has been to turn propaganda into a popular and financial success.

Given The News of the World’s profitability, no one should be surprised if the Murdochs have been replicating their sunken British flagship’s reprehensible behavior elsewhere. But, whatever else is revealed, the UK phone-hacking scandal is of a piece with the Murdochs’ transformation of news into propaganda: both reflect an assault on democracy’s essential walls of separation between media, the state, and political parties. The Murdochs are fusing these entities into a single unaccountable power that, as we see in Britain today, lacks any restraint or scruple.

That effort should compel us to confront an uncomfortable reality underlying both the British phone-hacking scandal, with its penumbra of appalling cruelty and wanton corruption, and Fox News, America’s most popular news channel: too many people want what the News Corporation has been offering. And what too many people want can be dangerous to a civilized, law-based society.

To glimpse just how dangerous, consider Italy, where Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s MediaSet conglomerate has seduced broad swathes of the electorate since the 1980’s with a Murdoch-like combination of insipid variety shows and partisan political theater. When Italy’s postwar party system collapsed in the early 1990’s, Berlusconi was able to establish his own political party, win power, and, over the course of three governments, bend laws and government institutions to serve his business and personal interests.

The News Corporation seems determined to take Britain and the US down a similar path. But now, at least in Britain, the political class is in revolt. Prime Minister David Cameron – who previously cultivated close ties with News Corporation leaders, even employing as his press secretary The News of the World’s former editor, who was recently arrested for his role in the scandal – called the phone hacking “disgusting.” Meanwhile, Labour leaders, who had also sought the Murdochs’ favor, have vowed to block News Corporation’s bid for full ownership of Britain’s largest pay-television broadcaster. Whether the rebellion will jump across the Atlantic remains to be see

Rupert Murdoch Inc and How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

I could spend a lot of time posting information to help people understand what’s happening with the Rupert Murdoch scandal, but honestly it would take too much time. But this is a very important story that people, especially Fox viewers, need to understand what’s been going on and the far reaching implications this story has for news media and our democracy.  My own background is in radio broadcasting and it’s been very frustrating watching the corruption behind the scenes Fox fans were oblivious too, now the atmosphere is ripe for exposing all the wrongdoing.
What we’re seeing right now is only the tip of the iceberg, this story is about to explode.  The fact that Republicon party member Peter King IMMEDIATELY called for an FBI investigation against Fox News as soon as the story broke in the U.S., that’s a clear indication he knows there’s a problem and is doing everything he can to distance himself from a media company that has served him well.
Fox News has done an enormous amount of damage to America by sharply dividing the country using hate, fear and racist langauge Fox creates imaginary division’s between right and left that don’t exist in the hearts of Americans. We all want the same things in life, we value freedom, liberty, hard work and no one wants a hand-out and how they’ve gotten millions of people to turn against those who are most in need is nothing less than criminal.
Posted below are links related to Rupert Murdoch Inc.  articles, including a must read piece from the Rolling Stone on how Roger Ailes built the Fox news empire,  hopefully this will help people understand how this could’ve happened in America.
Rupert Murdoch, Inc

FBI opens inquiry after report that News Corp. tried to hack phones of 9/11 victims

Saudi Prince Alaweed Bin Talal: ‘Fire Rebekah Brooks”

Phone hacking: News International chief Rebekah Brooks quits

Has Roger Ailes Hacked Americans’ Phones for Fox News?

Lefties giggle as Fox News burns

Prosecute Murdoch: by Eliot Spitzer

Wall Street Journal Employees Talk About the ‘Taint’

Murdoch Gives an ‘Unbiased’ Interview to His Own Editor

WSJ’s fluffy Murdoch interview

Murdochs Political Clout Around the World

Some Parliament Members Want Piers Morgan Questioned Over Phone Hacking Scandal

How Roger Ailes Built the Fox News Fear Factory

The onetime Nixon operative has created the most profitable propaganda machine in history. Inside America’s Unfair and Imbalanced Network

By Tim Dickinson
May 25, 2011 8:00 AM ET

The Chairman: Roger Ailes at Fox News. The network says his “dear friend” Rush Limbaugh, “is a reflection of him.”
Catrina Genovese/Getty Images

At the Fox News holiday party the year the network overtook archrival CNN in the cable ratings, tipsy employees were herded down to the basement of a Midtown bar in New York. As they gathered around a television mounted high on the wall, an image flashed to life, glowing bright in the darkened tavern: the MSNBC logo. A chorus of boos erupted among the Fox faithful. The CNN logo followed, and the catcalls multiplied. Then a third slide appeared, with a telling twist. In place of the logo for Fox News was a beneficent visage: the face of the network’s founder. The man known to his fiercest loyalists simply as “the Chairman” – Roger Ailes.

“It was as though we were looking at Mao,” recalls Charlie Reina, a former Fox News producer. The Foxistas went wild. They let the dogs out. Woof! Woof! Woof! Even those who disliked the way Ailes runs his network joined in the display of fealty, given the culture of intimidation at Fox News. “It’s like the Soviet Union or China: People are always looking over their shoulders,” says a former executive with the network’s parent, News Corp. “There are people who turn people in.”

This article appears in the June 9, 2011 issue of Rolling Stone. The issue is available in the online archive now.

The key to decoding Fox News isn’t Bill O’Reilly or Sean Hannity. It isn’t even News Corp. chief Rupert Murdoch. To understand what drives Fox News, and what its true purpose is, you must first understand Chairman Ailes. “He is Fox News,” says Jane Hall, a decade-long Fox commentator who defected over Ailes’ embrace of the fear-mongering Glenn Beck. “It’s his vision. It’s a reflection of him.”

Photo Gallery: Roger Ailes, GOP Mastermind

Ailes runs the most profitable – and therefore least accountable – head of the News Corp. hydra. Fox News reaped an estimated profit of $816 million last year – nearly a fifth of Murdoch’s global haul. The cable channel’s earnings rivaled those of News Corp.’s entire film division, which includes 20th Century Fox, and helped offset a slump at Murdoch’s beloved newspapers unit, which took a $3 billion write-down after acquiring The Wall Street Journal. With its bare-bones news­gathering operation – Fox News has one-third the staff and 30 fewer bureaus than CNN – Ailes generates profit margins above 50 percent. Nearly half comes from advertising, and the rest is dues from cable companies. Fox News now reaches 100 million households, attracting more viewers than all other cable-news outlets combined, and Ailes aims for his network to “throw off a billion in profits.”

Slideshow: An hour-by-hour look at how Fox disguises GOP talking points as journalism

The outsize success of Fox News gives Ailes a free hand to shape the network in his own image. “Murdoch has almost no involvement with it at all,” says Michael Wolff, who spent nine months embedded at News Corp. researching a biography of the Australian media giant. “People are afraid of Roger. Murdoch is, himself, afraid of Roger. He has amassed enormous power within the company – and within the country – from the success of Fox News.”

Read about the GOP’s dirty war against Obama

Fear, in fact, is precisely what Ailes is selling: His network has relentlessly hyped phantom menaces like the planned “terror mosque” near Ground Zero, inspiring Florida pastor Terry Jones to torch the Koran. Privately, Murdoch is as impressed by Ailes’ business savvy as he is dismissive of his extremist politics. “You know Roger is crazy,” Murdoch recently told a colleague, shaking his head in disbelief. “He really believes that stuff.”

Continued here:


Obama and Emanuel: Members of same gay bath house in Chicago… Wayne Madsen Report:

Daily News @ http://RevolutionNews.US

President Obama and his chief of staff Rahm Emanuel are lifetime members of the same gay bath house in uptown Chicago, according to informed sources in Chicago’s gay community, as well as veteran political sources in the city.

The bath house, Man’s Country, caters to older white men and it has been in business for some 30 years and is known as one of uptown Chicago’s “grand old bathhouses.” WMR was told by sources who are familiar with the bath house that it provides one-year “lifetime” memberships to paying customers and that the club’s computerized files and pre-computer paper files, include membership information for both Obama and Emanuel. The data is as anonymized as possible for confidentiality purposes. However, sources close to “Man’s Country” believe the U.S. Secret Service has purged the computer and filing cabinet files of the membership data on Obama and Emanuel.

Members of Man’s Country are also issued club identification cards. WMR learned that Obama and Emanuel possessed the ID cards, which were required for entry.

Obama began frequenting Man’s Country in the mid-1990s, during the time he transitioned from a lecturer at the University of Chicago Law School to his election as an Illinois State Senator in 1996. Emanuel, reportedly joined Man’s Country after he left the Clinton White Hosue and moved back to Chicago in 1998, joining the investment firm of Wasserstein Perella and maintaining his membership during his 2002 campaign for the U.S. 5th District House seat vacated by Rod Blagojevich, who was elected governor.

Man’s Country appears to be a “one stop shopping” center for gay men. The club’s website advertises steam rooms, “fantasy rooms,” bed rooms, male strippers, adult movies, and lockers.

However, Man’s Country was not the only location for Obama’s predatory gay sex activities. The Chicago gay community is aware that Obama often made contacts with younger men at his famous “pick-up basketball” games. It was at these “pick up” matches where Obama first met Emanuel and a young Democratic campaign worker and senior bank vice president named Alexi Giannoulias. Currently running for Obama’s old U.S. Senate seat now occupied by Roland Burris, Giannoulias successfully ran for Illinois Treasurer in 2006 after being drafted for the run by Chicago’s Democratic machine.


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